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Waves Get Healthier, Drop Fifth Straight

Jan. 25, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - Junior Teiosha George recorded the second double-double of her career with a 12-point, 12-rebound effort Thursday night but it was not enough to keep the Pepperdine Waves from dropping their fifth straight game of the season 69-60 to the Santa Clara Broncos in West Coast Conference (WCC) action.

Teena Wickett added a team-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting for Pepperdine (8-13, 1-5 WCC). The freshman also pulled down eight rebounds. Junior Daphanie Kennedy had eight points to go along with four rebounds in her first game since December 21.

Chandice Cronk scored 24 of her 26 points in the second half to lead all players, while Anna Martin chipped in with 11 points and Jen Gottschalk added nine points and 10 rebounds for Santa Clara (12-9, 4-2 WCC).

Trailing by one to start the second half, Pepperdine pounded the ball inside and tied the score at 26-all on a Wickett layup at the 17:26 mark. Wickett stole the ball from Ashley Graham moments later and connected on a pair of free throws, giving the Waves their largest lead of the night.

Cronk scored five straight points to regain the lead for Santa Clara but consecutive baskets by Shannon Johnson and Jasmane Clarendon pushed Pepperdine back in front 32-31.

With the score tied at 36 Santa Clara pulled away using a 9-2 run as Pepperdine went 1-for-5 from the floor over almost a five minute span. The Broncos extended their lead to a dozen with 4:01 to play and secured the victory by making 12-of-16 free throws in the final two minutes.

Santa Clara raced out to a 15-7 lead before Pepperdine started to heat up. The Waves used a 12-4 run to tie the score at 19-19 with 4:08 remaining in the first half. The Broncos built up as much as a four-point lead down the stretch but a Jessica Ross trey with 40 seconds to play provided the 23-22 half time score.

Pepperdine will return to action Saturday afternoon when it hosts the Saint Mary's Gaels at Firestone Fieldhouse. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT.